Olympic baseball ground will relocate to Xiamen

09:07, April 01, 2010      

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The baseball venue for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the Wukesong Baseball Field in Beijing, is to relocate to Xiamen in support of the State General Administration of Sport, it was confirmed by Lei Jun, chairman of the Chinese Baseball Association (CBA).

The Wukesong Baseball Field is currently the best of its kind in China. As an important part of Beijing's Olympic Games heritage, it is located next to the Wukesong Indoor Stadium at the Wukesong Culture and Sports Center in Beijing. It was one of the nine temporary venues at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

The baseball field has a total land surface of 12,000 square meters and a capacity of 15,000. It includes two competition fields and one training field.

"The timetable has not been finalized yet but it will be put into use before a cross-straits forum in 2011," said Lei.

"The relocation means we have a Beijing Olympic heritage," he said.

In addition, the China Xiamen International Baseball Exchange Center will soon start construction in which the Wukesong Baseball Stadium is the core of a new sports and leisure center. It will feature a business convention and exhibition center for education exchange and sports-related leisure travel.

Upon completion, it will be a center for baseball matches and an ideal venue for baseball winter training as well as a showcase of baseball culture.

The State General Administration of Sport also plans to make Xiamen the training base for the national baseball team and a series of domestic and international baseball tournaments will be arranged at the center.

Source:China Daily

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